How to Format a Log Quickly

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Install the Magic Button

Install the Magic Button
1. INSTALL ... Notepad++ if you haven't.
2. COPY ... some text
3. NAVIGATE C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\      (THIS IS A HIDDEN FOLDER!)

NOT to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++      (THIS IS BAD!)

4. RIGHT-CLICK ...on Shortcuts.xml and OPEN it in a DIFFERENT text editor!

Editing a program when the program is in use gives an otyugh gas. This will make things magically fail.

5. PASTE ...the text from Step 2 into Shortcuts.xml, just below where you see:
<InternalCommands />
6. SAVE AND CLOSE ... Shortcuts.xml.
7. OPEN ... Notepad++. You should see the new macros, located beneath the Macro menu.

Run the Magic Button

1. Open your log in Notepad++
2. Navigate to the Macro menu, and select the name of the Macro you just imported
LogCleanOOC cleans everything BUT OOC
LogCleanALL cleans everything

It didn't work!!

If you do NOT see the macros...
Correct Shortcuts.xml? There is one under Program Files, and one under AppData. You want to edit the file beneath AppData\Roaming\Notepad++, NOT the file under Program Files\Notepad++.
Permissions issues? Was Notepad++ closed when you edited Shortcuts.xml? Alternately, do you have permission to write to your AppData folder?
Placed beginning line 4? Verify that the macros were pasted into the correct place in the file (see step 5). This is usually about line 4.

How You Do It: Almost Automagically

To clean a log in this fashion, you will be tinkering with a few of Find and Replace's more advanced features. Don't worry, though. Just copy and paste what you see in the table below. The table shows you what to search for when doing this in Notepad++. Linux and Mac text editors should be able to perform similar functions.

Note that when pasting things into the Find field, be sure there are no trailing spaces. Also, you're meant to paste in one line at a time.

To Find... Open Search, and Select... Paste This into Find Paste this into Replace
Log fr regex.png

^From afar\, (.*?)$

^[A-Za-z\-\'\`]+ pages\: (.*?)$

^Long distance to (.*?)\: (.*?)$

^You paged (.*?) with '(.*?)'$

^From afar\, to \((.*?)\)\: (.*?)$

^To \((.*?)\)\, (.*?) pages: (.*?)$

Put nothing into Replace (that is, leave it blank)
Channel Chatter
Log fr regex.png
^\[[A-Za-z]+\] (.*?)$ Put nothing into Replace (that is, leave it blank)
OOC Chatter
Log fr regex.png
^<OOC> (.*?)$ Put nothing into Replace (that is, leave it blank)
Remove spacing before poses
Log fr regex.png
^\s+ Put nothing into Replace (that is, leave it blank)
Remove excess returns
Log fr extended.png

1. Search for \r\n\r\n and replace with \r\n

2. Do this until you get "0 occurances replaced" in the popup

After doing the above, insert the correct number of returns
Log fr extended.png
\r \r\r

Other OSes

If you're running Linux or Mac: Regarding adding additional lines between paragraphs, or removing triple lines: \n and \r stand for New line, and Return, respectively. Depending on your OS, you may need to search for slightly different combinations. Try and see! You're not going to hurt it.

Other Options: MUX Log Cleaner is available for Windows, and may be useful on many different MUs. I've not actually tested it. Requires .NET.